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Madhavi
Born Vijayalakshmi
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Other names Maadhavi
Madhvi
Spouse(s) Ralph Sharma
Children Tiffany
Priscilla
Evelyn

Madhavi is an Indian film actress known for her works in Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Oriya and Bengali cinema. In a career spanning seventeen years, she has acted in three hundred films.

Early life[edit]

Madhavi was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India to Sasirekha and Govinda Swamy. She grew up with a sister and brother. She learnt Bharat Natyam from Uma Maheswari and folk dance from Mr. Bhatt from an early age and gave more than a thousand dance performances. She attended Stanley Girls High School in Hyderabad, Abids Branch.[1]

Career[edit]

Director Dasari Narayana Rao gave her a starring role in the Telugu film Thoorupu Padamara when she was a teenager. The film became a huge hit.[2] K. Balachander then cast her in a supporting role in his Telugu film Maro Charithra (1978). She reprised her role in its Hindi remake Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981), which became the top grossing film of 1981. In both films, she showed remarkable sensitivity as a lonely wealthy woman who falls in love with Kamal Haasan's character. She earned a Filmfare Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress.[3] K. Balachander was so impressed with her performance in both films that he introduced her to the Tamil film industry with Thillu Mullu (1981) opposite Rajinikanth. By the end of the decade, she was starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi film Agneepath (1990).

Madhavi acted alongside Kamal Haasan in Raja Paarvai, Tik Tik Tik, Kaakki Sattai and Mangamma Sabadham appearing in a swimsuit in all the films. Her films with Rajinikanth include Garjanai, Thambikku Entha Ooru, Un Kannil Neer Vazhindal and Viduthalai. She showed her ability in movies like Enga Oor Kannagi, Needhi Dhevan Mayakkam and Nirabaraadhi.

She appeared in many Malayalam films especially in those starring superstars Mammootty and Mohanlal. Her portrayal of Unniyarcha in the National Award-winning movie Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha was critically appreciated and is often recognised as one of the best roles in her career. Her portrayal as a mother who met her end with leukaemia in Akashadoothu won her the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress and Filmfare Award for Best Actress for 1993. Other notable films include Ormakkayi, Changatham, Novemberinte Nashtam and Nombarathi Poovu. She was later seen in supporting roles in films such as Aksharam and Aayiram Naavulla Ananthan. Most of her author-backed roles were in Malayalam films. She has won three Kerala State Film Awards, one for Best Actress and two for Second Best Actress.

She acted in a number of films with Telugu star Chiranjeevi. Her first movie with Chiranjeevi was Intlo Ramaiah Veedhilo Krishnaiah in 1982. She acted again with Chiranjeevi in the movie Khaidi. Her last movie in Telugu was Big Boss (another Chiranjeevi film).

She also acted in a number of Kannada movies alongside popular Kannada actors including Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, Anant Nag and Ambareesh. Her performance in Haalu Jenu and Malaya Marutha was widely acclaimed.

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, her spiritual teacher 'Swami Rama' arranged her marriage to one of his followers, a pharmaceutical businessman named Ralph Sharma, who is half-Indian and half-German. She married within a few weeks on 14 February 1996 of their introduction. They have three daughters and live in New Jersey.[4]

Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards

Filmfare Award for Best Actress

Selected filmography[edit]

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Cast Direction Notes
1976 Thoorpu Padamara Srividya Dasari Narayana Rao
1977 Amaradeepam Krishnam Raju, Murali Mohan, Jayasudha K. Raghavendra Rao
1978 Maro Charithra Kamal Haasan, Saritha Balachander
1979 Pranam Khareedu Chiranjeevi, Rao Gopal Rao, Jayasudha K. Vasu Guest Appearance
1979 Tayaramma Bangarayya Chiranjeevi, Kaikala Satyanarayana, Sowcar Janaki Kommineni Seshagiri Rao
1979 Kukka Katuku Cheppu Debba Chiranjeevi E. Ramki Sharma
1979 Kothala Raayudu Chiranjeevi K. Vasu
1979 Kaliyuga Mahabharatam Narasimha Raju Hanuman Prasad
1980 Agni Sanskaram Chiranjeevi J. P. Prabhakar Sharma
1980 Triloka Sundari Narasimha Raju, Deepa[disambiguation needed] Singeetham Srinivasa Rao
1981 Vaaralabbai Muralimohan, Kaikala Satyanarayana, Prabhakar Reddy Rajachandra
1981 Chattaniki Kallu Levu Chiranjeevi S. A. Chandrasekhar
1981 Ooriki Ichina Maata Chiranjeevi M. Balaiah
1981 Amavasya Chandrudu Kamal Hasan Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
1982 Intlo Ramayya Veedilo Krishnayya Chiranjeevi Kodi Ramakrishna
1982 Khaidi Chiranjeevi, Rao Gopal Rao Kodandarami Reddy
1982 Balidanam Sobhan Babu
1982 Prayanamlo Padanisalu Narasimha Rau, Satya Narayana
1983 Maa Inti Premayanam Chiranjeevi Alluri Ravi
1983 Roshagadu Chiranjeevi K. S. R. Das
1983 Simhapuri Simham Chiranjeevi, Raadhika Sarathkumar Kodi Ramakrishna
1983 Khaidi Chiranjeevi, Sumalatha A. Kodandarami Reddy
1983 Picchi Pantulu Muralimohan Raja Chandra
1985 Chattamtho Poratam Chiranjeevi, Sumalatha K. Bapayya
1985 Jai Bethala Narasimha Raju B. Vitthalacharya
1985 Mahsakthi Narasimha Raju K. S. Giri
1987 Donga Mogudu Chiranjeevi, Raadhika Sarathkumar A. Kodandarami Reddy
1990 Agneepath Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty Mukul S Anand
1993 Mathru Devo Bhava Nassar, Charuhasan K. Ajayakumar
1995 Big Boss Chiranjeevi, Roja VIjaya Bapineedu
Vaaralabbai Murali Mohan
Mudumulla Bandham Rajendra Prasad, Sarath Babu

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role Cast Direction Notes
1980 Lava Seetha Prem Nazir, K. P. Ummer Hariharan
1980 Thirakal Ezhuthiya Kavitha
1981 Valarthu Mrugangal Janu Sukumaran, Ratheesh Hariharan Winner, Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress
1981 Garjanam Rajinikanth C. V. Rajendran
1981 Poochasanyasi
1982 Anuragakodathi
1982 Ormakkayi Susanna Adoor Bhasi, Bharath Gopi, Nedumudi Venu Bharathan Winner, Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
1982 Kurukkante Kalyanam Saritha Sukumaran, Jagathy, Mohanlal, Bahadoor Sathyan Anthikkad
1982 John Jaffer Janardhanan Nancy Mammootty, Ratheesh, Ravindran I. V. Sasi
1982 Novemberinte Nashtam Meera Prathap Pothan Padmarajan
1983 Ponthooval
1983 Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla Prem Nazir, Sreenivasan, Maniyanpilla Raju, Vijay Menon Lenin Rajendran Guest role
1983 Hello Madras Girl Shankar, Poornima Jayaram, Mohanlal, Kuthiravattam Pappu, Urvashi J. Williams
1983 Snehabandham
1983 Changatham Mohanlal, Mammootty, Jagathy, Paravoor Bharathan, Captain Raju, Sankaradi, Prathapachandran Bhadran Dubbed in Hindi as Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin
1984 Akkare Padmavathi
1984 Vikadakavi
1984 Mangalam Nerunnu
1984 Niraparaadhi
1984 Kurishuyudham
1985 Oru Kudakeezhil Vijayalakshmi Nedumudi Venu, Lalu Alex Joshiy
1985 Randum Randum Anju
1985 Adhyayam Onnu Muthal Seetha Mohanlal, Venu Nagavalli Sathyan Anthikkad
1986 Sobharaj Nisha
1986 Oru Katha Oru Nunnakkatha Amminikkutty
1987 Verukal Thedi
1987 Nombarathi Poovu Padmini Mammootty, Shaari, Jagathy Padmarajan
1989 Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha Unniyarcha Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Geetha Hariharan
1993 Akashadoothu Annie Murali, Nedumudi Venu, Jagathy Sibi Malayil Winner, Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress
Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1993 Gandhari Gandhari Siddique, Babu Antony, Jagathy, Saikumar Sunil
1994 Sudhinam Vinodini Jayaram, Suvarna Mathew, Sudheesh Nissar
1994 Criminals
1995 Chaithanyam
1995 Aksharam Gayathri Devi Suresh Gopi, Annie Sibi Malayil
1996 Aayiram Naavulla Ananthan Sridevi Mammootty, Murali, Gauthami Thulasidas

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Cast Direction Notes
1980 Pudhiya Thoranangal Sarath Babu M. Karnan
1980 Veera Pen Jaishankar
1981 Pancha Kalyani Sudhakar
1981 Enga Ooru Kannagi Jeeva K. Balachander
1981 Amara Kaviyam Sivaji Ganesan Amirthan
1981 Thillu Mullu Rajinikanth K. Balachander First breakthrough in Tamil
1981 Garjanai Rajinikanth C. V. Rajendran
1981 Sathyam Sundaram Sivaji Ganesan K. S Rao
1981 Raja Paarvai Kamal Hassan Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
1981 Tik Tik Tik Kamal Haasan, Radha, Nisha Noor, Swapna Bharathiraja
1981 Ellam Inba Mayyam Kamal Hassan G. N. Rangarajan
1981 Panimalar Ravindar, Prathaap, Gandhimathi Hemachander
1983 Sattam Kamal Haasan, Sarath Babu K. Vijayan
1984 Thambikku Entha Ooru Rajinikanth, Sulakshana, Sathyaraj Rajasekar
1984 Niraparathi Mohan K. Vijayan
1985 Kakhi Sattai Kamal Haasan
1985 Mangamma Sabadham Kamal Haasan, Sujatha, Sathyaraj K. Vijayan
1985 Andavan Sothu Jaishankar Amirthan
1985 Un Kannil Neer Vazhindal Rajinikanth Balu Mahendra
1986 Viduthalai Rajinikanth, Sivaji Ganesan, Vishnuvardhan Rajasekhar
1990 Athisaya Piravi Rajinikanth, Kanaka S. P. Muthuraman Guest appearance

Hindi[edit]

Year Film Cast Direction Notes
1981 Ek Duje Ke Liye Kamal Haasan, Rati Agnihotri K. Balachander Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress
1983 Andha Kanoon Rajinikanth, Hema Malini, Reena Roy, Amitabh Bachchan T. Rama Rao Special appearance
1984 Mujhe Shakti Do Vinod Mehra, Bindiya Goswami Sharad Chaudhary
1985 Misaal Naseeruddin Shah, Vijeta Pandit Humayun Mirza, Maharukh Mirza, Sharukh Mirza
1985 Geraftaar Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth, Poonam Dhillon Prayag Raj
1986 Jwala Shatrughan Sinha, Anita Raj Sudesh Issar
1987 Loha Dharmendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Mandakini Raj N. Sippy
1987 Kalyug Aur Ramayan Manoj Kumar, Rajiv Goswami Babubhai Mistry
1987 Satyamev Jayathe Vinod Khanna, Meenakshi Seshadri, Anita Raj Raj N. Sippy
1988 Pyar Ka Mandir Mithun Chakraborty, Raj Kiran, Nirupa Roy K. Bapaiah
1988 Mar Mitenge Mithun Chakraborty, Jeetendra, Banupriya Kawal Sharma
1989 Paraya Ghar Rishi Kapoor, Jaya Prada Kalpataru
1989 Lashkar Dev Anand Jagdish Kadar
1989 Zakhm Shatrughan Sinha, Chunky Pandey, Neelam Kothari Irfan Khan
1990 Sheshnaag Jeetendra, Rishi Kapoor, Rekha, Mandakini K. R. Reddy
1990 Muqadammah
1990 Haar Jeet Kabir Bedi, Shafi Inamdar Avtar Boghal
1990 Swarg Rajesh Khanna, Govinda, Juhi Chawla David Dhawan
1990 Agneepath Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty Mukul S. Anand
1990 Agneekaal Jeetendra Abbas-Mustan
1992 Sarphira Sanjay Dutt, Kimi Katkar Ashok Gaekwad
1992 Lambu Dada Master Akash, Mahesh Anand, Kabir Bedi Sharad Chaudary
1992 Jigar Ajay Devgan, Karisma Kapoor Faroque Siddique
1994 Khudaai Rajesh Khanna, Deepika Chikhalia Johnny Bakshi

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Co-actor Direction Notes
1981 Garjane Rajinikanth C. V. Rajendran
1981 Garuda rekhe Srinath, Ambika
1981 Anupama Ananth Nag Renuka Sharma
1982 Haalu Jenu Dr. Rajkumar, Roopadevi Singeetham Srinivasa Rao Music Director : G K Venkatesh
1982 Onde Guri Dr.Vishnuvardhan Bhargava
1982 Khaidi Dr.Vishnuvardhan K.S.R.Das
1983 Rudranaga Dr.Vishnuvardhan K.Mani Murugan
1985 Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma Dr.Rajkumar Singeetham Srinivasa Rao
1986 Anuraga Aralithu Dr.Rajkumar M. S. Rajashekar
1986 Malaya Marutha Dr. Vishnuvardhan K S L.Swamy
1987 Shruthi Seridaaga Dr.Rajkumar Chi. Dattaraj
1988 Ramanna Shamanna Ravichandran, Ananth Nag, Ambareesh Subbarao B Music Director : S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
1992 Jeevana Chaitra Dr.Rajkumar Dorai-Bhagavan
1993 Aakasmika Dr.Rajkumar T. S. Nagabharana
1994 Odahuttidavaru Dr.Rajkumar Dorai-Bhagavan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maadhavi". Maadhavi. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Maadhavi". Maadhavi. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  3. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
  4. ^ "Maadhavi". Maadhavi. 14 February 1996. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 

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